Republican refusal to expand BadgerCare costs Wisconsin taxpayers $206 million

Remind me again how Republicans in Wisconsin are so “fiscally responsible.”

Wisconsin taxpayers would have saved $206 million over two years — 73% more than previously estimated — if officials had fully expanded its main health care program for the poor under the federal Affordable Care Act, a new nonpartisan report shows.

If officials decide [...]

Federal judge throws out Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit

Not surprising news via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Madison — A federal judge in Green Bay on Monday threw out a lawsuit brought by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and one of his aides attempting to force members of Congress and their staffs to stop getting subsidies for their health insurance under Obamacare.

Johnson, an [...]

SCOTUS Turn Their Own Decisions Into A Moving Target

Just days after opening a second front on the war on women, the Supreme Court of the United States back tracks on one of the alternatives they delineated in their Hobby Lobby decision. No really!

Birth Control Order Deepens Divide Among Justices

WASHINGTON — In a decision that drew an unusually fierce dissent from the [...]

Wisconsin’s Medicaid fund faces $93 million shortfall

But remember folks – Gov. Scott Walker is “fiscally responsible.” (emphasis added). Wisconsin’s Medicaid fund faces a shortfall of $93 million in state tax dollars through the end of the biennium, according to a report sent to members of the Joint Finance Committee.

The shortfall is up from an estimated $20.3 million in March, when [...]

Hobby Lobby Ruling Should Move Us Toward Single Payer Health Coverage

Any number of GOP pundits have condemned the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) as the start of the slippery slope to single payer health care in the United States. To that I can add, I only hope!

But as part of yesterday’s Supreme Court Ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom (I hope the [...]

State Senator Grothman Suffering From Raging Myopia

In an article about the egregious Supreme Court ruling in favor of ‘freedom of religion’ for Hobby Lobby in the second front on the war against woman, State Senator Glenn Grothman celebrated his deep sense of provincialism:

“The Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby is a big win for Christians in [...]

I Am Not Surprised: Justices Rule in Favor of Hobby Lobby

“Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations“:

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. It was, the dissent said, “a decision of startling breadth.”

The 5-to-4 ruling, which applied to [...]

Patricia Schroeder hired to lead Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

This is great news! Patricia Schroeder, dean of Alverno College’s nursing school who touts a “passion for improving care,” has been named director of Milwaukee County’s embattled Behavioral Health Division.

County Executive Chris Abele announced the appointment Wednesday, saying Schroeder was selected after a nine-month nationwide search. She will begin on an interim basis in [...]

Baldwin to Walker: where are the healthcare coverage numbers?

On Thursday Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to Republican Gov. Scott Walker in which she asked Gov. Walker for an update on his efforts to transition the nearly 63,000 Wisconsinites who will lose their BadgerCare coverage thanks to decisions made by Gov. Walker. Specifically, Sen. Baldwin requested an immediate report on how [...]

Ron Johnson’s “victim of government” had her government healthcare cancelled by Scott Walker

This is rich… U.S. Senator Ron Johnson’s troubled “Victims of Government” series has added yet another episode and if Redd Foxx were around he would surely be clutching his chest saying this is the big one– hear that Elizabeth, I’m coming to join ya!

The latest “victim” is Kathi Rose, a 62 year old pastor in Neenah.  She [...]

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